The Integrating Gospel & the Christian: Fiji 1835-67

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Alan Tippett’s publications played a significant role in the development of missiology. The volumes in this series augment his distinguished reputation by bringing to light his many unpublished materials and hard-to-locate printed articles. These books—encompassing theology, anthropology, history, area studies, religion, and ethnohistory—broaden the contours of the discipline.

This volume contains two manuscripts. The first, The Integrating Gospel, combines a historical ethnolinguistic study of Fijian language, an examination of Fijian culture patterns in interaction with the church, and Tippett’s own firsthand experience as a communicator of the gospel to specific receptors at a specific place and point in time. From this, Tippett is able to extrapolate broader ideas on contextualization and methods of gospel transmission.

In The Christian: Fiji 1835–67, Tippett addresses the establishment of the Christian church and the spread of Christianity in Fiji, with special attention to Ratu Cakobau. In this brief but in-depth study, Tippett presents a strong case against the understanding that Fijian conversions to Christianity were primarily political, as he offers evidence of the genuine religious and spiritual experiences behind these conversions.

  • ISBN: 9780878084807
  • Pages: 298
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Personal Note 1970

Part One
Chapter 1 Introductory Statement
Chapter 2 The Field for Investigation: The Church in the Fiji Islands
Chapter 3 General Concluding Statement

Part Two
Chapter 4 Introductory Statement: The Field and the Nature of Research Material
Chapter 5 The Impact of Culture on Christian Practice
Chapter 6 The Impact of Culture on Christian Belief

Part Three
Chapter 7 Introductory Statement: Breaking Down or Breaking Through Cultural Barriers
Chapter 8 Reception
Chapter 9 Transmission
Chapter 10 Discovery

References Consulted or Discussed

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